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Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

April 2011 Archives

WORDS MATTER: USA.gov/contact/Elected.Shtml

USA.gov/contact/Elected.Shtml Words. Our world’s are built upon the words we choose to use. History is encompassed in Word. The world was created by Word. Lies are perpetrated and wisdom is shared with Words. The impulse to create inhabits the mystical […]

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Have You Had Enough? Raise Your Voice.

Have you seen the bumper sticker that declares, “If you’re not outraged, you are not paying attention?” I’m lucky enough to be associated with many poets. Glenis Redmond among them. She woke me up this morning with her history lesson […]

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President Bullied Into Producing Birth Certificate

Here’s how I know I just had an “AHA” moment while on my errands. Alone, in the car, I exclaimed aloud, “Ah-ha! So THAT’s how ordinarily wonderful and typically kind people tolerate bullying at so many levels.” I drove past […]

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Storms In Arkanasa

I’ve checked in with my friends in Little Rock, Arkansas. Tales of “just missed” danger, lightning strikes and power failures have me exceptionally thankful for the blue skies outside my windown. My friends are safe. Many others are not. Harm […]

EARTH DAY – How Far We’ve Come

“REALLY?  One more thing to add to an already crammed day,” the busy mother asks as she reviews the suggested Earth Day events sent home with her daughter’s homework assignments. Go gentle into that busy day, dear souls!   Earth […]

HOLY WEEK – An Easter Prayer

  HOLY WEEK: CONTRASTS in Now, Then and Forever   Within seven days… you have  a penchant for saying so much with so little, the Strunk and White of Elemental Spirit, You teach brevity and economy of expression. In seven […]

Holy Wednesday

For some, today is simply Wednesday. If you celebrate Easter in its cultural capacity it’s less than five days left to feather the nests of traditional grass in the Easter baskets. And for those whose systems invite them to a […]

Bee enCOURAGEd

It takes courage to let go of weighty parts of your past. It takes courage to find your own voice.  It takes COURAGE to reinvent joys. from “Courage Doesn’t Always Roar” by mary anne radmacher

WORDS MATTER: WRITE TO LEARN WHAT YOU KNOW

“I was just kidding.” “Don’t take it so seriously, I was just foolin’ around.” How many times do you hear those words?  How many times do you say those words? I am an advocate of many writing practices.  Every one […]

A Prayer in the Midst of Chaos and Political Divides

Dear God, As I hold in my hand this next, small, utterly unexpected miracle, I know whom to thank. Thank You. Thank you for all the ways that you bless my life, soul, heart, view and being. Thank you for […]

You May Be The One Voice To Make A Difference

Years ago I wrote, “What is a voice if it remains silent against leagues of tyranny?” Today, I heard from one of the deployed soldiers that my husband and I have “adopted.”  We send supportive packages and letters to him […]

Companion To Reality

You promise yourself. “THIS is the day. This is the day I am going to remain positive.” Or, “THIS is the day I am not going to complain.” And then, five minutes after you show up at work, you’re filling […]

Position Number #3

LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO premiered in its first month as the number 2 best seller at simpletruths.com Number two. Right out of the gate. In it’s second month it holds the #3 position. If I were an Olympic competitor […]

Life Lessons In Chocolate

That sounds good, doesn’t it? I recalled one of my former employees loved these little chocolate bites that were wrapped in colorful foil with sage advice printed on the inside. We could always tell when she’d devoured a sweet bite […]

crows, crowns and pointy hats

Sure to draw a chuckle from my friend and graphic designer was my emphatic promise upon delivering illustrations, “I promise! None of them will have crowns on their heads.” This, of course, was a sweet little industry joke we shared […]

Be prepared for the unexpected at library book sales.

All my friend, Shelley had to do was ask, “What’s your favorite read?” That did me in. I didn’t mean to take the turn to the Library. I didn’t know today was the library’s book sale. Succulent, luscious, seducing books […]

In the Midst of Libyan Unrest, Dancing with the Stars and

someone, again, suing Oprah for something…the news goes on. The days unfold. There is trouble in the world. Hey. There’s trouble in my world. Chatter. Noise. Conflict. Opportunities and fast paced moments fly so fast we miss catching them. Someone […]

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THE WHOLE-HEARTED LIFE by Susyn Reeve
Rarely do I share book reviews here, and yet this book prompted me to do so. If you are in need of a curriculum for a young person or a jumpstart at retirement, this book is that.  If you are looking for fresh ideas to lift your creative ...

posted 12:31:12pm Apr. 16, 2015 | read full post »

WHEN DO YOU LEAVE?
from LEAN FORWARD INTO YOUR LIFE (2007 Conari Press, Mary Anne Radmacher, author)  “Know When To Leave” It was time for me to leave. What I was leaving was so delicious in its appearance. The opportunity to be a part-time hero is ...

posted 2:38:44pm Apr. 09, 2015 | read full post »

Editing: It's Not Just For Writing
"Editing. It's Not Just For Writing." I've spent much of my writing time since I was 28 trying to get rid of words. Editing down. Paring down. Getting to the core. I woke up this morning clear on the matter: that is what I am doing with the ...

posted 11:44:53am Mar. 24, 2015 | read full post »

"In Case of Emergency..."
There are two lines that people have to fill out when enrolling in school, in a new program, camp, new doctor... "Nearest relative."   "Person to call in case of emergency." In LIVE BOLDLY I explore several sides of the concept of ...

posted 3:38:18pm Mar. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Wondering About Racism, Jingoism and All The Other ISMS
Conversation around equality is uncomfortable. To begin with.  This is not a fresh circumstance. Equality has been a core component of conflict over the ages. Race. Age. Gender. Belief. Economic state. Land ownership. Ownership of all sorts.  ...

posted 10:57:09am Mar. 13, 2015 | read full post »

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